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MEPs to look at AI and criminal law

19 Feb 2020 / technology Print

MEPs to hear from experts on AI and criminal law

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee is to hold a meeting tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) to discuss the use of artificial intelligence (AI) by police and the courts across Europe.

A statement from the parliament said the hearing will focus on the benefits and risks of AI in the criminal law framework, predictive policing and facial recognition. MEPs will also examine the ethical and fundamental rights implications of AI’s use in this area.


The list of speakers includes representatives from the Council of Europe, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

Experts from academia, think tanks and civil society will also speak to the committee, whose members include Irish MEP Clare Daly.


The hearing comes as the European Commission prepares legislation on the human and ethical implications of AI.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of the EU’s digital strategy, is expected to give an early outline of the EU’s approach to AI at a meeting of the commission today (Wednesday).

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